HC Deb 07 April 1948 vol 449 c141
10. Mr. Stokes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what arrangements have been made for the export of carpets manufactured in Germany; and how much capacity has been allowed for that purpose in the level of industry plan recently announced.

Mr. Bevin

No special arrangements have been made for the export of carpets manufactured in Germany: contracts for the export of carpets from the Combined zone are negotiated in the usual manner by the German exporter direct with the foreign buyer, subject to the approval of the Joint Export Import Agency. With regard to the second part of the Question, no capacity has been allotted for export purposes, and there is no limitation in the revised level of industry plan on the capacity allowed for the manufacture of carpets, whether for export or for internal use.

Mr. Stokes

Is my right hon. Friend aware that carpets have been imported from the Russian zone? Can he indicate to the House whether there is any restriction on the imports of carpets to this country? Any one wishing to do so has first to apply to the manufacturers' association of this country. Despite whatever J.E.I.A. may say, they have to get the approval of the manufacturers' association in this country before carpets can be imported, although there is a known shortage.

Mr. Bevin

I should like to have notice of that question. I do not know what is happening in this connection in this country. I do know what is happening in the other country.

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